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Reforms in Phillipines' Labor Arbitration Decrease Work Stoppages

Wednesday, December, 21, 2011

Rosalinda Baldoz, Secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Phillipines, announced that reforms in labor arbitration have dramatically reduced work stoppages. She cites the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB)'s end of the year report, which showed only two work stoppages.


Conciliation-Mediation Results in Comparison

Comparing the number of strikes in 2011 versus 2010, there is a decrease from an already low 8 strikes to 2. That amounts to a 75% improvement in number of strikes and an 89% improvement in man-days lost. Does that mean that workers are generally complacent in the Phillipines, or does that mean that the NCMB is extremely effective?


Baldoz goes on to say that the NCMB's dispute management rate is 99.73 percent. This is an incredibly high success rate in resolving disputes before they became strikes or lockouts. Also, this year showed that resolutions were made in a day on the average versus 10 days last year.


A Brief History of Conciliation-Mediation in the Phillipines

The NCMB got its start in 1988 with Executive Order N. 126 to develop policies and procedures, plans, programs and standards to facilitate arbitration of worker-employer disputes. Since its inception, it has continued to decrease the number of strikes and lockouts and has received several awards. These include a Special Presidential Award, a DOLE Special Award, two Sikap-Gawa Industrial Peace Awards and two DOLE Kapwa Awards. The success of the NCMB in mediating disputes is a shining example of how well labor disputes can be resolved without picketing or going to court. Their record speaks for itself in how they save man-hours and maintain employee satisfaction.